Gym etiquette-2 words that usually don’t go in the same sentence. Whether its cross fit, boot camps, the freeweight gym, or a chain style gym, etiquette seems to be a lost art form in today’s fitness settings. When we discuss gym etiquette, not only are we talking about hygiene and the cleanliness of a facility, but for many it is just common courtesy. here are some examples of ways to not become “that guy” or girl at the gym.
1. Handling of weights
When lifting weights, especially free weights, be sure that you either have a spotter or can comfortably handle the weight that you have chosen. Nothing is more expensive or irritating to gym owners or personnel than someone who is constantly slamming dumbbells to the floor. The old saying was if you have to drop the weight you probably shouldn’t be lifting it in the first place. So if at any point during your workout, you find yourself “dumping the weight,” then either up your reps with a lower weight or find someone to spot you. (You know who you are.)
2. Stripping the weights
Is there anything more irritating then going through your full pre-workout routine, dragging yourself to the gym, and finding your favorite machine already racked up with multiple rows of plates? Not only does this take away from your time in the gym, but also puts you in the wrong mindset for an effective workout. So the next time you are on a machine, whether it’s a flat bench, hammer strength, or a squat rack, have some common courtesy and put the weights back where you found them. This will go a long way in building long lasting relationships with not only gym personnel, but your fellow fitness enthusiasts. You might even make a friend or two in the process. (Again, you know who you are.)
3. Wiping the bench.
This may be the most disgusting element of gym etiquette that you will ever encounter. Nothing is worse then watching someone push themselves to their personal limit and watching them walk away from their machine without the common courtesy of wiping down the machine. All gyms now have “sanitation stations” with either wet wipes or a spray bottle and paper towel. The two minutes that it takes for you to clean off the apparatus that you have just used. can be the difference between being a valued member of your gym or “that guy” that suddenly gets his membership cancelled without notice. Yes, this is an act of courtesy, but more importantly, eliminates many of the health risks commonly found in a gym setting including bacteria, staph infection, and other health concerns that can be eliminated by taking this one simple step.
This will be an ongoing series. Gym etiquette is something we can all work on to some degree. A few simple acts of kindness and common courtesy can go a long way in developing and maintaining the positive fitness experience. We at Clarex are here to promote good health and good will. Stay tuned-more to come. Be good to others-you’ll be surprised how far it might go!
Have a healthy day,
By Eugene Y. Chan, MD
Somewhere around 3 AM in the morning at the Massachusetts General Hospital one day, I remember a particular instance of having to draw blood from a very ill patient. By that time, I had already worked for 20 hours straight, with my beeper ringing every few minutes. What is so urgent that requires a blood draw at this hour? I looked at the patient’s medical record and saw a history of HIV and HCV. This patient was in renal and liver failure. I looked for a suitable vein in the antecubital fossa but could not find any. I look elsewhere on the arm, but still no. My eyes were feeling heavy from my day and also staring closely in the dark to look for a thin blue vein that I could target. Finally, I found a potential vein, on the dorsal surface of the foot. It was so thin and collapsed, but it was my only hope. I knew that if I were not careful, I could indeed inadvertently stick myself, which could put me at risk for both HIV and HCV. I also knew that I did not draw the patient’s blood, she would have a high likelihood of not making it through the night. It is in times like this, where if your mind wanders, even for a brief moment, the outcome would be highly undesirable. This is when you need mental clarity, this is when you need that moment of unwavering focus. Have you been in a circumstance like this? Maybe not treating a patient, but interviewing for a most coveted job, giving the most important sales presentation, or pushing yourself to win that race? Fortunately, the outcome that morning was positive, the important medical tests were highly informative for the course of her care and the patient made it through the night. There are situations like that that arise often, and often unexpected, and you have to be prepared to make those yours. Stay focused and be at your best, always.
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So there’s a quick introduction to some of the Clarex team! Feel free to comment with any questions for either Dr. Chan or Eric to reply to in upcoming posts.
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